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Freedom of religion on agenda

05 December 2013 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 0

Promoting freedom of religion is a priority for British foreign policy but that does not include a policy to defend Christians under attack, a government minister said this week, writes Christopher Lamb.Mark Simmonds, a Foreign Office minister, was speaking during a debate in the House of Commons on the persecution of Christians which had been moved by Jim Shannon, a Democratic Unionist Party MP. Mr Simmonds said freedom of religion was “a fundamental human-rights priority for this Government” and was a matter British ambassadors and ministers lobbied other countries about. He said that a toolkit to monitor and address concerns about freedom of religion had been given to Foreign Office staff and inspired the European Union’s own guidelines on freedom of religion. But Mr ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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